January 2021

POLISARIO Representative to Spain: "Morocco puts pressure on Madrid to recognize its alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara"

Madrid (Spain) Jan 19, 2021 (SPS) - The Representative of the Frente POLISARIO in Spain, Mr. Abdulah Arabi, said that “the Moroccan occupation government is putting enormous pressure on the Madrid government to act as the administration did of the outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, and to recognize the alleged sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara ”.

Sahrawi Ambassador in Botswana affirms war in Western Sahara is open to all possibilities

Gaborone (Botswana) Jan 19, 2021 (SPS) - The Ambassador of the Sahrawi Republic in Botswana, Mr. Malainin Lakhal, affirmed that “the renewed war in Western Sahara is open to all possibilities after the violation by Morocco of the truce that has prevailed for thirty years and its attempt to attack Sahrawi civilians in the illegal breach of El Guerguerat ”.

Trump's decision still under review

Washington, 18 January 2021 (SPS) - Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize the so-called Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara and other last-minute changes relating to US foreign policy are still under review, and Joe Biden's administration will deliver a verdict based exclusively on one criterion, that of the country's national interest, reports the Washington Post, citing a senior official in Biden's transition team.

Sahrawi Army continues attacks against Moroccan forces for 66th day

Bir Lahlou, 18 January 2021 (SPS) - The Sahrawi People's Liberation Army (SPLA) continued its attacks against the positions and entrenchments of the Moroccan occupation forces, behind the Wall of Shame, for the 66th consecutive day, a statement from the Sahrawi Ministry of Defence said on Sunday.

Algerian-South African Joint Declaration in line with AU demands

Pretoria (South Africa), 18 January 2021 (SPS) - Sahrawi Ambassador to South Africa, Mohamed Yeslem Beissat said that the Joint Declaration of Algeria and South Africa was in line with the requirements of the African Union (AU) regarding the need to meet the minimum conditions, namely Resolution 690 and the organization of the referendum to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara.

UK position on Western Sahara and support to the right to self-determination remain unchanged

London (UK) 18 January 2021 (SPS)- UK Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, James Cleverly, asserted last Friday that his country’s position on Western Sahara status remains unchanged, confirming support to a political solution that provides for the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

Boukadoum African tour: AU’s role in settling Sahrawi issue confirmed

Algiers, 18 January 2020 (SPS) – Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum made last week a tour to Africa in which a great convergence of views and positions was noted with the African leaders concerning the different regional and international issues of common interest, notably on the role of the African Union (AU) in the political settlement of the conflict of Western Sahara.

German government position on Western Sahara, "constant and unchanging"

Berlin, 18 January 2020 (SPS) – Polisario Front representative in Germany Najat Handi said on Saturday that the German government’s position, in line with international law concerning the Sahrawi cause is "constant and unchanging."

Morocco recognizing Western Sahara, admission of opposing party’s existence

Algiers, 18 January 2020 (SPS) - The Sahrawi people seek to achieve one target, namely expending their sovereignty over its territories, especially as Morocco keeps secret the war in Western Sahara because “recognition would mean admitting the existence of the opposing party,” said Secretary General of the Ministry of Security and Documentation Sidi Oukal. 

Moroccan occupier promotes fictitious victories in Western Sahara

Bir Lahlou (Liberated territories), 17 January 2020 (SPS) - The Moroccan occupier is promoting fictitious victories in Western Sahara to absorb the anger of the Moroccan people who reject the normalization with the Zionist entity, and cover the significant losses inflicted on its army, Minister of Information, Spokesman of the Sahrawi Government Hamada Salma Daf affirmed on Saturday.

Moroccan-Israeli normalization trap heightens risk of war in region

Brussels, 16 January 2021 (SPS) - President of the European coordination for support and solidarity with the Sahrawi people (EUCOCO), Pierre Galand said that the "trap" of the normalization of relations between the Moroccan regime and the Zionist entity, Israel, in order to imposing Morocco's so-called sovereignty over Western Sahara exposes the region to the risk of a new hotbed of war.

Dow Jones warns global companies about Western Sahara Investment Risks

New York, 16 January 2021 (SPS) - The US Dow Jones Index has warned multinationals about the risks and serious fallout that can result from any investment in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

Spanish-Canadian Professor: Anyone who opposes colonialism should oppose Trump’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara

Ottawa (Canada) 15 January 2021 (SPS)- Spanish Canadian Assistant Professor in Carleton University, Mrs. Vivian Solana, considered that “anyone who opposes colonialism should oppose Trump’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara”, in a statement to SPS on the initiative by some international Academics who issued a “Letter of Solidarity with Western Sahara” that was signed by some 336 Academic from many countries for the past five days.

John Bolton: Trump decision on Western Sahara is “a big mistake for the credibility of the USA”

Washington (USA) 14 January 2021 (SPS)- Former US National Security Advisor, Amb. John Bolton, considered in an online Press Conference with Foreign Press Association Last Tuesday, that Trump’s decision to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara was “a big mistake for the credibility of the USA.”

Algeria and South Africa support the holding of a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara

Pretoria (South Africa) 14 Jan 2021 (SPS)- Algerian and South African Ministers for Foreign Affairs, expressed their countries’ support for the holding of a referendum on self-determination, in a joint Communiqué culminating a Working Visit by H.E. Mr. Sabri Boukadoum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria to South Africa on January 12, 2021.

POLISARIO National Secretariat hails Algerian firm support and sends messages to neighboring countries

Chahid El Hafed (Saharawi Republic) Jan 13 2021 (SPS)- Frente POLISARIO National Secretariat’s 3rd Ordinary Session, held on 11th, 12th and 13th January, highly praised Algerian people and government for the principled support to the Saharawi legitimate struggle for freedom, while sending messages to other neighboring countries.

POLISARIO National Secretariat warns against Moroccan persistence in involving foreign parties in the aggression against Saharawis

Chahid El Hafed (Saharawi Republic) Jan 13 2021 (SPS)- Polisario Front National Secretariat’s 3rd Ordinary Session, held on 11th, 12th and 13th January, warned against Moroccan policies aiming at involving foreign parties in the war and aggression against the Saharawi people.

POLISARIO National Secretariat: UN inaction emboldens Morocco and puts the whole region at risk

Chahid El Hafed (Saharawi Republic) Jan 13 2021 (SPS) - Frente POLISARIO National Secretariat’s 3rd Ordinary Session, held on 11th, 12th and 13th January, denounced UN inaction in front of Moroccan provocations and violation of the ceasefire, considering that this attitude emboldened Morocco and encouraged it to persist in its provocative policies putting the whole region at risk of war.

Ghali commends Western Sahara people's struggle against Moroccan occupation

Chahid El Hafed, Jan 13 2021 (SPS)-  (Sahrawi refugee Camps)- Sahrawi President Brahim Gali praised Monday the resistance of the Sahrawi people, who resumed its legitimate struggle two months ago against Moroccan occupation, stressing that the current stage in Western Sahara implies a "great responsibility" for the Sahrawis.

Algiers, Pretoria call for immediate appointment of new UN envoy

Algiers, 12 January 2021 (SPS)- Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum and South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor discussed Tuesday in Pretoria, the question of Western Sahara and reaffirmed their "full support" to the immediate appointment of a new personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for this occupied territory.

American delegation’s visit to occupied al-Aaiun, simple “propaganda touristic tour”

Algiers, 10 January 2021 (SPS) - Minister Counsellor for Public Affairs at the Presidency of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) Bachir Mustapha Sayed underlined Sunday that the visit paid Saturday by a delegation of the outgoing American administration to occupied al-Aaiun is “a simple propaganda touristic tour.”

Sahrawi Liberation Army continues to shell Moroccan military positions

Bir Lehlou, 10 January 2021 (SPS) - Sahrawi Liberation Army (SPLA) has continued its attacks against the positions of the Moroccan occupation Army along the sand wall, the Sahrawi ministry of Defense said Saturday in the military communiqué n° 58.

Biden can backtrack on Trump's move in Western Sahara

Washington,  10 January 2021 (SPS) - Joe Biden can backtrack on the decision of outgoing US President Donald Trump on recognizing so-called Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara without "strategic consequences," said three US academics in an article published in the American magazine Foreign Policy.

Sweden FM: It is time to organize free referendum in Western Sahara

Stockholm, 10 January 2021 (SPS) - Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde called for (the organization) for a free self-determination referendum in Western Sahara, welcoming the recent statements by former US national security adviser, John Bolton in which he criticized the recognition of Morocco's alleged "sovereignty" over Western Sahara, in exchange for the normalization with Israel.

Former resolution process of Sahrawi issue “outdated”

Shaheed El-Hafed, 9 January 2021 (SPS) - The former process to resolve the Sahrawi issue is technically “outdated” as Morocco does not fulfill its commitments, said Thursday Representative of the Polisario Front in Europe and at the European Union (EU) Oubbi Bucharaya Bashir.

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